As a college professor, now in my thirty-first year of teaching, I have seen students with a decreasing level of preparedness. Some are well prepared, but an increasing number are not. Some are, for all practical purposes, functioning illiterates, at least in some subject areas. Some have revealed where and why there is little background without realizing it, they think they are justifying their situation. The level of some students reaching college is alarming, and when we think these people expect to one day have a degree and impact society it is cause for dismay.
The examples I am presenting are by no means isolated cases.